SACRAMENTO, California — Since the California State Fair occurs in the traditionally hot month of July, it is important to know how to stay cool if you plan to go.
The first several days of this year's fair are expected to have highs around 100 degrees. ABC10 Meteorologist Monica Woods said that the best times to go to the fair are early in the morning before temperatures rise and after 8:30 p.m. when the sun sets and temperatures lower.
So, how do you prepare for the triple-digit heat while at the fair? Here are some tips to stay cool:
- Stay hydrated
- Take breaks in the shade
- Limit strenuous outdoor activities
- Make sure to wear sunscreen
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Wear light-colored clothing
- Visit the indoor exhibits
- Get soaked on the log ride
- Get a season pass to Raging Waters so you have admission to the fair and a way to stay cool
The fair has shaded areas, mister stations and some outdoor fans to help cool people off. Cal Expo also has 14 buildings that people can walk around in and enjoy the cool air-conditioning.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. Two heat-related conditions people should look out for are heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Signs of heat stroke include:
- Altered mental state
- Throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
- Body temperature above 103°F
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Fainting/loss of consciousness
Signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Heavy sweating
- Cool, pale, clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Possible muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
If you or a family member notice any of these symptoms, you'll want to call 911 immediately.